Barcelona on Wednesday recruited promising midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21, from Ajax, for a total of 75 million euros (85.5 million euros), although He only starts playing for the champion of Spain next season.

The transaction could reach € 86 million ($ 98 million), including possible additions based on the performance of the young person and the team during the five-year contract, which begins in July.

The transfer was finalized by Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu in Amsterdam.

"He's an exciting rookie for the club," said coach Ernesto Valverde. "For now and for years to come. He is a player with a great future in front of him. "

De Jong's talent on the ball and eyes for a pass made comparisons with the Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, who flourished with Barcelona as both a player and a coach.

Barcelona calls De Jong "one of the most promising midfield talents in Europe". He claims to have "an excellent reading of the game and an ability to provide the killer pass".

The Catalan club said the "versatile" De Jong is "strong in head-to-head" and can play as a defensive or offensive midfielder.

"His wonderful vision and natural ability to find the right pass make him an ideal choice as a playmaker," the club said.

De Jong became famous this season with outstanding performances for Ajax and the new Dutch national team, which earned him to be associated with major clubs such as Barcelona, ​​Manchester City and the Paris Saint-Germain. Germain.

Widely considered a future star of the Dutch national team, De Jong joined Ajax after leaving Willem II in Tilburg. He played 65 games for Ajax's first team, scoring five goals.

De Jong is Barcelona's third rookie in the winter transfer window, alongside striker Kevin-Prince Boateng and defender Jeison Murillo.

He arrives in a team with circles including Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal and Arthur.

De Jong will continue the tradition of Dutch players who played for Barcelona, ​​including Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Marc Overmars, Patrick Kluivert and Franck de Boer. The current reserve keeper, Jasper Cillessen, is also from the Netherlands.


Mike Corder, writer at The Associated Press, contributed to Amsterdam.


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